Kristie Ahn had waited three seasons for this moment.
Ahn, whose first two years at Stanford ended because of injuries, clinched Stanford's 4-3 victory over Texas A&M on Tuesday in Urbana, Ill., as the Cardinal won its 17th NCAA tennis championship.
Ahn's 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 win over Cristina Stancu helped No. 12 Stanford become the lowest-seeded team to win an NCAA women's tennis title. Texas A&M was seeded No. 3.
"For Kristie Ahn to clinch, it's poetic justice," Stanford coach Lele Forood said. "She's been the missing player for us the last two years. We weren't able to get it done without her."
Ankle and foot injuries had slowed Ahn, who also hurt her neck in a bus accident.
"I was thinking about how absurd it was coming down to me," Ahn said. "It's a big moment, highlight of life."
Nicole Gibbs and Stacey Tan also won singles matches for the Cardinal. Stanford won the doubles point with victories by Tan/Ellen Tsay and Natalie Dillon/Krista Hardebeck.
NCAA women's golf
San Jose State was tied for the lead after the first round of the NCAA championships in Athens, Ga.
Freshman Regan De Guzman shot a career-best 5-under 67 to take the individual lead. As a team, the Spartans shot a 4-under 284 on the par-72 course and were tied with USC. Stanford was seventh at 290
Rachelle Reali (Granada High, Livermore) and Kathleen Rojas both shot even par, and Jennifer Brumbaugh (Scotts Valley) shot 1 over for the Spartans.
The four-round tournament runs through Friday.
San Jose State hopes to break ground on renovations to 80-year-old Spartan Stadium by the end of the year after its end zone project received approval at the California State University board of trustees meeting in Long Beach.
The $38.5 million privately financed project is expected to be completed in time for the 2015 football season. Construction is not expected to interrupt the football team's usage of the stadium before then.
Tre Watson, who rushed for 1,483 yards and scored 24 touchdowns as a junior last fall for Centennial High in Corona, has given Cal an oral commitment, according to Rivals.com. Rivals ranks the 5-foot-10, 184-pounder as a three-star prospect.
Staff writers Jimmy Durkin and Jeff Faraudo and The Associated Press contributed to this report.